Chocolate of the Day
100% Organic Mork Uganda Semuliki Forest Single Origin (bar)
Weight: .935 oz. (26.5 g.) / ~ 1.87 oz. (53 g.) in total bar
Calories: 155 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $11.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order
Welcome to Day #1 of Chocolate and Uganda Theme Week.
Today's 100% Mork (Dark) Uganda Semuliki Forest Single Origin (bar) was crafted by Fjak Sjokolade bean-to-bar makers in their small factory by the Hardangerfjord (a long fjord in Western Norway).
Popular with artisan chocolate makers, Semuliki Forest cacao (located in Bundibugyo, in Western Uganda), is made up of cacao from many small farms. (About half the farmers are women.) Uganda lies in east-central Africa and is about the size of the State of Kansas in the U.S.
Aroma notes detected, in order of appearance, were: peat (this faded after being opened for a few minutes), botanical (diffuse fruit, very faint green, maple), dark cocoa, and very faint sweet, smokey whiskey.
Flavor notes for this bar included: bold but balanced tobacco, cacao (ultra dark nibs, brownie), and roasted nuts. The nut notes helped to round out and balance a subtle smokey, slightly peat-like, flavor and acidity.
This unique, 2-ingredient bar may appeal to those who enjoy a strong whiskey and/or a whiff of fine, aromatic tobacco. With 0% sugars of any kind, the taste was, as expected, very dark, but it did have its own sense of mellow, implied sweetness (as you might find in a malted whiskey). It was quite enjoyable if you enjoy these bolder flavors.
Maker's tasting notes: Intense dark chocolate with notes of nuts and tobacco.
Ingredients: Organic cocoa beans, organic cocoa butter
Allergen-related information: "Processed in a facility that handles nuts, dairy (and) gluten." Made with certified Organic ingredients; vegan.